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WA NORML 2017 State Of The Session Report (Part 2)

M. Bailey Hirschburg is a long time advocate of justice reform with expertise in drug policy and a focus on marijuana law. He is director of Thurston County NORML and was the south sound volunteer organizer for 2012's Initiative 502 which legalized and regulated adult marijuana use statewide.

What we lobbied for, What we got, and Will we be able to do it again? By Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: For the first time Washington NORML had a regular lobbyist in Olympia this year. The truth is NORML has almost always been staffed by volunteer activists. That’s what I was, at a NORML chapter in Read the full article…

WA NORML 2017 State Of The Session Report

State of the Session

By Bailey Hirschburg While the special session called by Gov. Jay Inslee wrapped up on July 20th, the majority of Washington NORML’s lobby work was completed in early May. The best summary of our WA NORML’s legislative impact and agenda process is that it was appropriately ambitious. While several goals, personal cultivation for adults and Read the full article…

WA NORML 2017 Cannabis Lobby Day at WA State Capital In Olympia Is March 7th

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WASHINGTON: The cannabis community in Washington is activating once again for the annual Lobby Day in Olympia.  This year’s theme is “Building Community Through Relationships” and Washington NORML is doing that by bringing together cannabis consumers and members of our legal industry to meet with lawmakers, according to Kevin Oliver, executive director of WANORML. “We will be discussing Read the full article…

WA NORML Pac Lobbyist: Growing Opportunities For Cannabis Consumers

Bailey Hirschburg Lobbyist

By M. Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: It’s difficult asking people to get excited about lobbyists. Who can blame them? There are enough examples of lobbyists putting personal gain and access to power ahead of public good, or striking deals on issues they barely care about just to cash a paycheck. Still, I’m excited to be a Read the full article…

Q&A With WA NORML Executive Director Kevin Oliver

it seems rather elitist for dispensary owners and their suppliers, who either didn’t win a sweepstakes for a retail storefront or opted out of the license application process altogether, to suggest that the estimated103,000 patients with a valid doctors recommendation in this state, (only a percentage of whom actually use dispensaries), will not be adequately serviced without them –especially when another few hundred legally licensed retail stores are going to be opened up this year with tons of high quality marijuana stocking their shelves.

WASHINGTON: As the so-called long session begins in Olympia, all eyes in Washington’s cannabis turn toward possible tweaks to I-502 licensed businesses and the future of medical marijuana.  MJ News Network asked Washington NORML’s Executive Director Kevin Oliver to give his predictions on what the coming year portends for Washington’s cannabis community. Q: Many I-502 licensees complain Read the full article…

Washington NORML Official Statement to Snohomish County Emergency Moratorium

We strongly support the repeal of this ordinance and would also like to remind Snohomish County officials that as they consider what action to take this next Wednesday that they should remember the will of the voters who brought them into office who also approved I-502 by 54.6%.

To whom it may concern, The Washington State Affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws would like to submit the attached report to be placed on the record & provided to the planning department and county council in response to Snohomish county’s recently enacted ordinance (14-086) preventing marijuana production from taking Read the full article…

WANORML Gets Slightly Stoopid

Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond
Slightly Stoopid
with Stephen "RAGGA" Marley, G. Love & Special Sauce
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 - 5:30PM

WASHINGTON: For years, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has been working hard to establish pot smokers as, well, normal. So what’s the Washington chapter of the venerable organization doing sponsoring the ‘Slightly Stoopid’ tour?  Is this a smarter sponsorship than the appellation might suggest?  MJ Headline News asked Executive Director Kevin Read the full article…

Washington: Cannabis Sales Exceed $1.1 Billion In 2017

Edibles are changing the marijuana marketplace

WASHINGTON:  Retail marijuana sales in Washington state exceeded one billion dollars during the first nine months of 2017, according to data compiled by the State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Retail sales now stand at record highs, with monthly sales exceeding $130 million – up from $106 million in February. Overall, year-to-date marijuana sales in Washington are $1,101,853,539. In Read the full article…

Two Views Of Personal Cultivation Of Cannabis: NORML Vs. LCB

Home grow is a good thing

By Bailey Hirschburg The following is one section of a report presented by Washington NORML to the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) regarding their study of regulatory options for home growing. WA NORML’s full report, “Personal Cultivation of Cannabis: A look at policy alternatives” can be found here: (MJNN link to .pdf file “WA Read the full article…

Report: The Marijuana ‘Gateway’ Theory Is A Fallacy

cannabis is not a gateway drug

NEW YORK: Scientific evidence does not support claims that marijuana experimentation often serves as a ‘gateway’ to the use of other substances, particularly cocaine and heroin, according to a report issued by the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz. The report rejects allegations that cannabis use uniquely makes persons susceptible to the use of other illicit Read the full article…